Ploverto start summer schedule

Published on Thu, May 18, 2006 by arol Hogan

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Plover to start summer schedule

By Carol Hogan

The M/V Plover leaves its winter mooring in Blaine Harbor at noon on May 26 to begin its annual 50-day spring/summer crossing schedule between Blaine Harbor and Semiahmoo Resort, according to Richard Sturgill, founding director of the Drayton Harbor Maritime Association.

A former Alaskan Packers Cannery shuttle, the Plover is the oldest foot passenger ferry in the state and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

It carries a maximum of 17 passengers, bicycles and strollers to both sides of Drayton Harbor.

Throughout the summer, the Plover operates Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 4th of July, weekday holidays and is also available for private charters.

A two-person crew provides commentary on the Plover’s restoration and the sights around Boundary Bay and Drayton Harbor.
Departure times are on the hour from the Blaine Marina visitors dock and on the half-hour from the wharf at the Semiahmoo Resort.

It follows the shortest ferry route in the State with crossing times of 11 minutes from Blaine Marina to Semiahmoo and 23 minutes on the return.

Passengers and bikes are boarded free as space allows, but donations make the ferry possible. Look for the Plover sign in front of the harbormaster’s office on Marine Drive.

?Schedule at a glance:

Location: Blaine Marina, at the Harbormaster’s office on Marine Drive.
Destination: Semiahmoo boat launch.
Departure times: On the hour.
Return times: 23 minutes past.
Days of operation: Friday and Saturday noon to 8 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.
Cost: Free but donations are gladly accepted.
Bikes/kids: Accepted.